Sunday, November 19, 2006

Modern Britain (4) - multiple murders, stabbings and anthrax

Spotlight on Newcastle this week. First up the story of a quadruple murder.

A brother and sister were found dead in their beds and their mother and uncle dead downstairs, police revealed yesterday.

When officers arrived at the £250,000 property, they found the body of 41-year-old freelance photographer Yemi lying in the hallway, while 36-year-old Asda worker Olufunke's body was close by in the back living room.

Police said yesterday there were obvious signs of a struggle inside the house. Both children were found in their own beds. They were wearing their nightclothes.

Dreadful - simply dreadful.

The second story is about a pensioner stabbed in her own home.

Auguste Jury, 79, who lives in sheltered housing at Anfield Court, Kenton, Newcastle, was attacked less than two miles from the home where Elizabeth Sobo and her family were found murdered.

Last night, Mrs Jury's daughter Rosemary Hyland[correct], of nearby Apsley Crescent[correct], said the teenager had knocked at the back door of her mother's home at about 1pm yesterday asking to use the toilet, but did not attempt to steal anything when he came inside.

He is understood to have produced the knife after coming out of the bathroom and stabbed Mrs Jury in the throat. She was taken to hospital where she remains in a serious, but stable condition.

Finally, a village hall is found to have traces of anthrax.

A village hall was shut down yesterday after traces of anthrax were discovered, just weeks after the deadly bug was traced to Northumberland.

The building, which is used by children, families and community groups, has been shut down for decontamination.

Last month, the Health Protection Agency revealed that "minute quantities" of anthrax spores had been detected on three drums and two imported animal skins used to make African drums, which were removed from a workshop in Northumberland.

Just another week in your average British city.

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